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Boya Li

Assistant professor

Name
Dr. B. Li
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
b.li@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Boya Li is an assistant professor at the unit of Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Psychology. Her research focuses on promoting social inclusion and equality for children with autism and other neurological conditions.

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Boya Li is an assistant professor at the unit of Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Psychology. Her research focuses on promoting social inclusion and equality for children with autism and other neurological conditions.

Research on social inclusion and autism

Li investigates the mechanisms behind social inclusion and the conditions needed to achieve it. In particular, she researches the social-emotional development of children with autism and hearing loss and what kind of environment nurtures their development. 

Currently, Li is an active member participating in multiple large-scaled multidisciplinary research projects. These projects have a common theme on their agenda: bringing meaningful changes to the society through innovative research, aiming at promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the society, so that youths no matter what their neurological conditions, social, and cultural backgrounds are can gain equal access to learning opportunities and develop to their full potential.

Research projects

  • From April 2023: Researcher in “JEDI Now! Developing a Co-Creative Knowledge Platform and Methods to Achieve Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) in Higher Education for Dutch with a Migrant Background”, position affiliated to the Department of Human-Centered Design, TU Delft, in collaboration with Amsterdam UMC, VU, Radboud UMC, and Leiden University (Governance)Funded by NWO.
  • 2021 – present: postdoc researcher in “Breaking The Cycle: An Inclusive School Environment Outside The Classroom For Adolescents With ASD, Leiden University.
  • 2016 – present: coordinator of the China-Netherlands collaborative research projects (1) “Emotion Control In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder” with dr. Li Yi, Peking University, and (2) “A Longitudinal Research on the Socioemotional Development of Chinese DHH Preschoolers” with the China Rehabilitation and Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairments and prof. Yifang Wang, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, Leiden University.

Teaching

Li is also an enthusiastic teacher, devoted to passing on the state-of-the-art knowledge to the younger generation. Li has rich experience in teaching courses in Child and Adolescent Psychology at different levels. Li is also co-supervising PhD candidates in the Focus of Emotions research lab. 

She's been involved in the following courses: 

  • Academic Skills Tutorial (1st-year BA)
  • Perspective on Career Planning (2nd-year BA)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology (1st-year BA)
  • Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (3rd-year BA specialization course) (coordinator)
  • Research MA, professional MA, and BA thesis supervision
  • Research MA, professional MA, and BA internship supervision
  • (A)typical Emotional Development (Research MA)
  • Pre-University programs

Short CV

Li obtained her first PhD in 2006 in linguistics from the Leiden University Center for Linguistics. While doing research on the theory of Generative Grammar, she became fascinated by the maturation of language and child development in general, which motivated her to pursue a career in developmental psychology.

In 2021, Li obtained her second PhD from Leiden University in developmental psychology, where she conducted a series of longitudinal studies, following the socioemotional development of autistic preschoolers. Her research was among the first to show that autistic children have a good potential to develop emotional skills, highlighting the importance of providing these children with a nurturing learning environment.

Grants

  • 2023, “JEDI Now! Developing a co-creative knowledge platform and methods to achieve justice equity diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in higher education for Dutch with a migrant background”, funded by the NWO “Advancing Equity in Academia through Innovation” Grant, co-applicant (€325.000)
  • 2023, “Smart Play: A smartwatch software for measuring play with a data-driven, interdisciplinary approach”, funded by the Netherlands eScience Center, co-applicant (1150 hours of Research Software Engineer support).
  • 2022, “Exploring the school belongingness of Chinese autistic pre-adolescents and their mainstream school recess experience”, funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) grant for a three-year PhD project, awarded to Kexin Liu, co-supervisor of the grant application.
  • 2020, “The Development of social-emotional functioning in Dutch and Chinese preschool children with autism spectrum disorder: A longitudinal study”, funded by the CSC grant for a four-year PhD project, awarded to Jiayin Zhao, co-supervisor of the grant application and of the PhD project.
  • 2019, “The Development of Social-Emotional Functioning in Chinese Preschool Children with A Cochlear Implant: A Longitudinal Study”, funded by the CSC grant for a four-year PhD project, awarded to Qi Meng, co-supervisor of the grant application and of the PhD project.
  • 2016, “Emotion processing in deaf children with cochlear implants”, funded by the Taiwanese government grant for a three-year PhD project, awarded to Yung-Ting Tsou, co-supervisor of the funding application and of the PhD project.
  • 2016, “Facing others; Emotion control in children with autism spectrum disorder”, funded by KNAW “China Exchange Programma”, co-applicant (€29.806)

Prices

  • 2023, Poster prize second place, National Autism Congress (NAC), co-author
  • 2022, Poster prize nomination, Female Autism Network of the Netherlands (FANN), first author

Memberships

  • International Society for Autism Research
  • National Autism Congress, evaluation committee, the Netherlands
  • China Region Group, Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • China Knowledge Network, Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands

Co-supervised PhD candidates

  • 2020-present, Zhao, J. The development of social-emotional functioning in Dutch and Chinese preschool children with autism spectrum disorder: A longitudinal study.
  • 2019-present, Li, Z. Social emotions in young deaf and hard of hearing Chinese (& Dutch) children.
  • 2019-present, Meng, Q. Development of social-emotional functioning in Chinese children with hearing loss: A longitudinal study.
  • 2016-2020, Tsou, Y.-T. Navigating the world of emotions : social information processing in children with and without hearing loss. Dissertation defended on 11 November 2020, Leiden University.
  • 2013-2019, Dahamat Azam, N. Aggression and emotions : Cultural and individual differences. Dissertation defended on 18 December 2019, Leiden University.

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B51

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Postdoc

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B51

Contact

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